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The Fashion Model

Question: How do I become a Fashion Model?

Answer: Ask yourself these questions...

#1: Do you fit in?

Agencies accepting beginner fashion models look for:

  Women Men
Starting Age 16 - 24 18 - 24
Height 5'8" - 5'11" 5'11 - 6'1"
Size 0 - 4 Dress 38R - 42R Suit
Max Waist 25" 32"

Good news! Fashion work is becoming more inclusive, so exceptional older, plus size, alternaive, and unisex models is growing.

#2: Is modeling difficult?

Yes, modeling is much more demanding physically and mentally than anyone who is not a model or photographer can appreciate.  It takes thousands of hours of practice to make the difficult look effortless.  Models have to be prepared, learn on the job, be fearless, and realize their role is to be a muse to designers, photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists. Models are essentially actors, able to adapt to the direction of the photographer.

Model Temperament Checklist
  • Patience - You could spend several hours in makeup and hair prep.
  • Professionalism - Arrive on time, prepared, ready to be a muse.
  • Mind-Body Connection - models must move with grace and confidence on the runway and for the camera.  A formal background in movement is extremely important - dance, yoga, gymnastics, etc.  The best models I've ever worked with had martial arts training.  Practice running and jumping - in heels!
  • Autodidact - Teach yourself posing by studying classical paintings, sculpture and fashion photographs to see how to imply motion. Practice these in front of a mirror every day.
  • Self-Critial - Recognize your physical shortcominga and learn to pose in such a way as to work around them.
  • Physical Discipline - Diet and exercise are your way of life.  Top models are top athletes.
  • Always Room for Improvement - Experiment and test relentlessly to add to your repertoire.  The best photographers are willing to collaborate with you and take the time needed to make portolio pictures.

#4: Practice, Practice, Practice!
Test, Test, Test!

  • Do go to auditions and casting calls.
  • Do get in front of the camera and walk the runway as often as possible.
  • DO NOT ALLOW an agent or photographer pressure you into a situation that makes you uncomfortable or puts at risk your safety.
  • Don't forget the "P" in "TFP" stands for a physical "Print", not a digital file.

Good luck to all aspiring models! - Preston & Susan Page